November 27, 2016 – Fourth Annual Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 27th, 2016
VBC Meeting #45: Fourth Annual Thanksgiving
Host of the Month: Billy and Lauren
Location: Ponder, TX

Already our fourth vegan Thanksgiving together!

This is what we made:

November vegan foods

Lilly: Yellow and Green Barley Soup

Lilly made her wholesome Yellow and Green soup with a vegetable broth base, quick cooking barley, zucchini, yellow squash, leeks, great northern beans, shallots, ginger, and garlic.

yellow and green barley soup

Shannon: Corn Casserole; Canned Cranberry Sauce

Shannon veganized her sister’s corn casserole recipe with creamed corn, whole corn, Earth Balance butter, Tofutti sour cream, vegetarian Jiffy corn bread mix, and vegan Follow Your Heart Cheese shreds. If the delicious vegan version of this casserole wasn’t as rich as the original, the original is a serious health hazard.

vegan corn casserole

Shannon also shared the ol’ traditional canned cranberry sauce. Nice slicing!

canned cranberry sauce

Slynn: Cranberry Orange Bread; Green Bean Casserole Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Slynn used the 350 Best Vegan Recipes recipe for Cranberry Orange Bread, a sweet bread concoction of frozen cranberries and orange in many forms: orange zest, orange juice, and orange marmalade.

vegan cranberry orange bread

For the casserole, see Ramon.

Ramon: Green Bean Casserole Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Slynn and Ramon designed this pasta-filled green bean casserole together. The casserole idea was Ramon’s, plus he did the shopping. Slynn carried out most of the implementation. The dish consisted of a cashew sauce, cooked spiral pasta, green beans, and mushrooms, all topped with fried onions and baked.

vegan mac 'n' cheese green bean casserole

Tara: Spiced Walnuts and Pecans (Teez Nuts)

Tara’s treats came to be by creating a paste of nutmeg, cinnamon, sugar, and clove mixed with a little water. She tossed walnuts and pecans around in the paste, before baking them for an hour to make a candy coated nut.

spiced nuts

Lauren: Chickpea Patties; Gluten-Free Cornbread Dressing; Pumpkin Pecan Pie

Lauren made a chickpea patty with Swiss chard from the garden, chickpeas, green onion, pumpkin puree, pecans from Billy’s parents’ house, lemon juice, cumin, coriander, garlic, black pepper, and a bit too much salt. She served the small patties with maple mustard sauce containing Dijon mustard, maple syrup, olive oil, almond milk, paprika, and black pepper.

chickpea patties

Because Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without corn bread dressing, Lauren made a gluten-free version of the Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food corn bread recipe to serve as the base of a dressing including onion, celery, and dried cranberries.

gluten-free vegan corn bread

For dessert, Lauren made the pumpkin pie from 100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes–sort of. She used different spices, perhaps overly clove-heavy, because she didn’t find pumpkin pie spice in her house. She may have used too much pumpkin because she wasn’t using canned. Also, she made a weird tasting gluten-free crust.

vegan pumpkin pecan pie

John: Mashed Potatoes and Mushroom Gravy; Parsnips and Carrots

John made mashed potatoes from his mom’s recipe. He also prepared Isa Chandra’s savory mushroom gravy, but without the white wine because he didn’t have any.

vegan mashed potatoes and gravy

John also cooked parsnips and carrots seasoned with oil, sage, rosemary, pepper, and salt. He roasted these roots in the oven at 425° for thirty minutes and let them sit another thirty minutes in their covered dish steaming. He said they could just be roasted for forty minutes.

parsnips and carrots

Caroline: Lemon Broiled Asparagus

Caroline broiled asparagus coated in olive oil, fresh lemon juice, fresh ground black pepper, and sea salt based on a recipe from Eat, Drink, Be Vegan.

asparagus

Drew: Mashed potatoes

For his mashed potatoes, Drew boiled onions, garlic, and rosemary with red potatoes. He mashed potato skin and all with vegan butter, almond milk, salt, and pepper. A picture of Drew’s potatoes is missing, so please enjoy a picture of us eating food.

friends 2016

Billy: Homemade Wine and Vegan Cheese

Billy served his homemade wild mustang grape wine, months in the making, with some of his homemade almond cheese.

vegan homemade wine and cheese

Mmm. Thanksgiving.

November 2016 vegan plate

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